Do you have a clear understanding of how solar energy is converted into electricity? Sure, you probably understand the basic concept that that the solar panels you put on your roof convert sunlight into energy for your home. But it is possible to know a little more than that and still not overcomplicate the process.
Below is a 4-step breakdown of just how solar works for you!
1) Individual silicon based (most commonly) cells called photovoltaics (PV) make up the modern day solar panel. These PV cell clusters perform the task of converting incoming sunlight directly into electricity.
2) Wires attached to the panels transport the converted electricity to a piece of equipment called an inverter. The job of the inverter is to convert the solar generated Direct Current (DC) electricity into the type of power your home can use, which is called Alternating Current (AC).
3) After the electricity travels through the inverter, the AC electricity is then transported via wire to your breaker panel to meet your home’s electric demands.
4) The process doesn’t end there, though. There are times when your panels will generate more power than you consume and times when you aren’t generating enough electricity (night times and periods of low light). When your panels are not generating enough solar electricity, you will continue to get power from your local utility. However, when you’re generating a surplus of solar electricity, that excess clean energy will be “net metered” to your local utility grid and you may earn a credit on your power bill for that net metered electricity.
For a better visual of how this process works, check out our below infographic (click on image to enlarge).
Provide your zip code and/or promo code below to compare rates in your area:
Connected technology is driving the future of smart homes, and the advantages of smart home technology of the future are many. As our lives get busier, smart home devices give us control, convenience and comfort as they help us get more done.
It’s never too early to think about indoor and outdoor holiday decorating ideas. This year, consider preparing your business for the season with smart technology.
Though Electric Vehicles (EVs) have been an option for nearly a decade, they can still seem a little foreign and out of reach for any car buyer. Constellation is working with EZ-EV to make sure you have all the information you need when making a decision that can impact your home energy use.
Wireless technology has become so commonplace that most people hardly notice how much it has changed our lives. Mobile devices allow us to text, phone and access the internet from anywhere with a wireless signal, freeing us from the physical limitations of bulkier computers and traditional telephones.